International Women’s Day Interviews

On International Women’s Day, three students on the EDI committee – Madalyn Mann (PGR, History), Ciara Higgins (History, 3rd Year), and Imogen Constable (History, 2nd Year) – have conducted interviews with female professors at the University of Kent.

The academics interviewed, who include Professor Karen Jones, Professor Barbara Bombi, and Dr Suzanna Ivanic from the School of History, Dr Roanna Mitchell from the School of Arts, and Dr Emma Hargreaves from the School of Biosciences, were each asked the following questions:

  • What is your name and what is your role at the University of Kent?
  • What women have inspired you along your journey?
  • Do you personally feel that you have faced sexism throughout your career and if you are comfortable, please feel free to share your unique experience?
  • What advice do you have for young women entering academia?
  • What advice do you have for young men, who will be working alongside and learning from women in academia?

Describing the project, the students said: ‘We feel grateful to have these women as our professors and admire their unique achievements and perseverance. International Women’s Day is a focal point in the women’s rights movement and allows each of us to reflect on the experiences of women by bringing attention to issues pertaining to gender equality. We hope you enjoy learning about their experiences and their advice!’


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